Monday, June 23, 2008

A Mustard Seed

That's all the amount of faith that you need...the size of a mustard seed. When I came home from the hospital in December, a friend gave me a necklace that had a pendant enclosing a mustard seed. I then bought one for my sister after she was diagnosed with lymphoma. I'm so glad that it means as much to her, as she wanted me to share this with you tonight. No, this necklace does not have magical powers; it's what it represents. It's about the power of faith in our God...that even faith so small is enough to get you through.

"And if you have faith as small as a mustard seed...nothing will be impossible for you."

Matthew 17:20

Great News!

My sister just called me and reported that the spots on her lung are also shrinking. That means that they are also responding well to the current chemo treatment. That is wonderful news!!!!! Thanks so much for your prayers and encouraging messages to her!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

PET Scan Date

I just found out that Melissa's PET scan will be this Friday morning at 9:00. They will be able to compare results with the other recent PET scan to determine if and how these spots are growing. Please be praying about 2 things: that it will be clear about what the spots are, and that it will be nothing that interferes with her progress. We appreciate the prayers so much!

Caleb and Lauren

During my visit to see Missy and Doug last month,
I took Lauren and Caleb for a wagon ride. One of their
favorite spots to play is a little park in the neighborhood
that has a huge tree with branches that grow along the ground.
Here are a few pics from that day!


This tree has branches that actually swoop down and grow
along the ground. It makes for a great playground for them!
Caleb demonstrated his climbing technique. Cute Bro and Sis
"Okay, enough already!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

CAT scan findings...

My sister Melissa just called me. There is good news-- the primary mass of lymphoma located behind her sternum is definitely shrinking after her 2 rounds of chemo. That's an awesome thing!

Something that they are looking into-- the doctor did note that there are other spots on her lung. These spots have actually gotten a little bigger since her last scan. Her last scan was done a couple weeks before actual treatment began, so these spots had time to grow some prior to chemo. The doctor also said that if the spots are lymphoma, then they should be responding the same way that the lymphoma mass is responding. So it is unclear really what these spots even are. They will do a PET scan either tomorrow or Friday and that will hopefully give them more information.

If you could-- please pray the chemo will continue to do its job. Please also pray that they will quickly be able to figure out what the spots on her lung are. I'll post an update as soon as we hear about the PET scan. Thank you!

Friday, June 13, 2008

CAT Scan...Please Pray

This Monday morning (June 16th), at 7:30 am, Melissa will be having a CAT scan. It will be checking to see how the lymphoma is responding to the 2 rounds of chemo. Please pray that we see good results! We would all really appreciate that!

Thanks in advance!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Loving Audrey







Her Mama's Eyes




True Beauty




She is truly a beautiful person. I told her that if I could shave my head and still look this good, I would do it. Something tells me I just would not be able to pull it off like she is!




Time to Dance...

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

That's my sister's motto right now, and let me tell you, she's living by it. She's still facing her reality of life, but that's just it. She's facing it. If you could see her, you'd see that she is staring her cancer right in the eye. According to my little Sis... she may have it, but it won't have her.

When we were little, I can remember begging my mom to let us go outside and play in the pouring rain. We would go, with or without an umbrella, and have the time of our lives. Oh, to be kids again!

So here we are, and it's time to dance in the rain again. We hope you all will come out and join us for the dance too!

Melissa

On April 14th, 2008, my sister Melissa was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It's large b-cell type, intermediate grade, and is also called Mediastinal Lymphoma. Through a PET scan, it was discovered to be mainly in her chest cavity and in her spleen. It was not found to be in her bone marrow.

So far, she has had 2 rounds of chemotherapy. With the exception of a pretty bad headache and some nausea, we are very thankful that the chemo has not made her sick.

So with her permission, this blog is dedicated to my sister as it will journal her current story. Being 8 hours from her in a different state, I wish that I could do more for her right now. It's my sincere hope that this blog will offer her more encouragement as she reads comments that will be encouraging to her. Please feel free to post an encouraging word for her, however you choose to do it. Even if you are a complete stranger to her, I know it will still mean a ton.

I also hope that if there is anyone out there who is in a similar position, that you will see there is hope. Peace can be found in the midst of the storm. I can't explain how she's doing it other than she feels like God is holding her up above the waves, and she's not letting go. Huge peace and joy can be found in that, no matter the circumstances.

Through this, I also ask for your prayers. For those who are willing, please pray for her complete healing. That would mean so much to all of us!